If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you don’t carry a weapon daily.
But with all of the doom and gloom in the media have you been seriously asking yourself:
“Why should I conceal carry?”
You’ve gone this far in life without needing a gun to really protect yourself.
Honestly, that seems like a pretty reason to me. If you haven’t needed to defend yourself so far, how can you justify carrying a gun everywhere you go just in case?
But…there is a quote that really sums this up:
It means you should be prepared for the worst and you will be better off than if you simply hope for the best or ignore the reality of life.
Those of you who know someone who has gone through a traumatic situation will tell you how helpless they felt.
Your weakness and helplessness are what your attacker preys upon.
The 5 reasons below aren’t meant to scare you into getting your CCW permit (Concealed Carry Weapons). Each of the points are reminders of what you try not to think about on a daily basis, but should for your safety.
The Scary Truth (The Numbers Don’t Lie)
Every year, the FBI releases the numbers for all sorts of crimes. The one I am going to talk about here are the FBI aggravated assault statistics for 2015. To clarify the definition, here is how the FBI defines aggravated assault:
“…aggravated assault… an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. …this type of assault is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (Source: FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting)
They break these assaults into different categories and are listed by state. You will see the statistics show categories talking about firearms, knives, and other weapons.
Think about that for a minute.
If there are enough attacks with “Other Weapons” and “Personal Weapons” (hands, fists, feet, etc.) to warrant specifically track them…what does that tell you?
It means you aren’t always on the lookout for a hooded thug lurking in the shadows holding a rusty revolver.
Now let’s move onto the list…
1. Personal Safety
You can’t plan when you’ll need a gun.
No matter where you are, you can be instantly put in a situation where your life’s in danger. This could be at home, walking down the street like you do every night, or at the gas station.
You never know when you’ll be the unlucky one chosen in the random lottery to become a victim and statistic.
You might not be the most imposing figure and appear to be an easy target for an attacker. Little do they know you’ve gone through the process and training needed to conceal carry legally; this gives you the element of surprise.
One-on-one situations happen fast.
There is no time to call the police and wait.
You will either have a fighting chance, or you will be labeled as the victim in the police report when they do get there.
By taking responsibility for your safety and carrying concealed, you give yourself the chance to defend yourself.
2. The Safety of Your Family
You’re home, laying in your bed.
Out of nowhere, you’re jolted awake by the shattering glass in the door in your back room.
Your first thought is to wonder how long the response time can be for the police.
Sherrifs.org says it can be about 18 minutes. Of course, it depends on the scenario and how close a squad car happens to be to your house.
This interactive graph shows the different response times of the police in for different crimes.
Check and uncheck the boxed to see how much the time varies.
The priority of the crime plays a factor in the response time, too.
Your family is your responsibility to protect. You would do anything to protect your kids.
Carrying and training with your pistol is part of protecting your family, even at home.
A lot of people don’t think to carry at home, though.
They mistakenly think they will have time. The time to run into the other room, unlock the safe and get back before the bumbling intruder gets inside.
You might have quick access to a gun safe when you’re in your bedroom. But what if it’s a slightly different situation; your kids are upstairs fast asleep, and you are in the basement watching a movie.
The burglar thinks you aren’t home or are sleeping.
You can’t just jump out and scare him away. A surprised burglar is a dangerous burglar. All sorts of thoughts are running through your head.
Will you be able to hide out until the police get there?
Will he make his way upstairs?
Will one of the kids waking up and coming downstairs?
Having your gun on you at a time like this will give you a fighting chance to stand your ground.
3. Exercise Your Right
Regardless of your stance on the 2nd Amendment, you have the right to carry a weapon; as long as you meet the criteria.
Just like a muscle, if you don’t exercise your rights they will fade away and be a shadow of what they once were.
4. Find a New Hobby
Some people play darts, pool, or bowl in their free time.
In my experience, these activities revolve around drinking.
These social activities lose the appeal if you don’t drink. It’s hard to hang out with a drinking crowd.
These serve a dual purpose; you get to meet like-minded people, and you keep your skills sharp all winter long.
5. Confidence, not Arrogance nor Ignorance
Your training will help you feel more confident about how you will handle a sticky situation.
For starters, you will have better spatial awareness.
You will be looking around more, analyzing your surroundings.
Having your head on a swivel like this will help you avoid situations. The situations that might become a scenario where you need to fire your weapon.
Staying off your phone will help keep your eyes on your changing surroundings.
You’ll be able to avoid choke points where you might get ambushed.
By carrying a concealed weapon, you are not ignoring the possibility of danger.
By deciding to carry, you are choosing to protect yourself, family, and others. You aren’t trying to be a vigilante who looks for trouble so he can use his gun.
In the end, everyone has their own reason for wanting to conceal carry.
As long as you are following the rules and safely carrying, there isn’t really a wrong reason.
What is the reason you decided to conceal carry? And also be sure to check out 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Carrying.
And if you’re really serious and planning ahead in the rare case you actually have to use your gun…check out USCCA’s CCW Insurance.
Do you want to protect yourself, exercise your 2A rights, or was it something totally different that wasn’t discussed here?